7th Dec, 2019

Public meeting to be held to discuss whether Rubery should have a parish council

A PUBLIC meeting is being planned for September to continue the discussions about whether Rubery should have its own parish council.

At the village’s latest PACT (Partners and Communities Together) meeting on Monday, Coun Adrian Kriss said leaflets were being prepared, detailing what a parish council entailed, approximate costs per year and the pros and cons of having one.

When completed they would be delivered to every household in Rubery.

There was some good discussion on the topic at the meeting with views expressed for and against.

One person said a lot of people felt their voices were not being listened to by Bromsgrove District Council and the parish council would be a way of having a bigger say on issues, as well as having cash generated specifically for Rubery with decisions on spending it made in the village.

Another expressed concerns that a parish council could be divisive as once the parish boundary had been drawn up, those outside it could feel excluded.

At the public meeting representatives from other neighbouring parish councils would be invited to talk about their personal experiences.

To set up a parish council a petition containing the signatures of 7.5 per cent of the area’s electorate has to be submitted to Bromsgrove District Council.

Once the list has been verified, the district council will carry out a Community Governance Review within 12 months and launch a consultation, asking residents if they are in favour or against having a parish council.

If the majority of the area’s electorate vote in favour, a date will be set for its first election.

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